Saturday, January 23, 2021


Thoughts From Alon Shvut After Terror Hits Home Once Again

This past Motzei Shabbat, I told my husband that I think we live in the safest place in the world.

It was right after havdala, and I had just turned on my cell phone and discovered that while we were sitting and enjoying our Friday night dinner with our children, there had been a shooting in the


The Two-State Solution: ‘Wishful Thinking Divorced From Reality’

From the time of the British Mandate in Palestine (September 29, 1922 to November 29, 1947) to the present, numerous British, American and European government commissions and official emissaries have come to the region to investigate the underlying causes of the Palestinian Arab/Israeli dispute. Academics and journalists


The UN: ‘The World Center of Anti-Semitism’

On December 23, 2016, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 2334, which “reaffirmed…that Israel’s establishment of settlements in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, had no legal validity, constituting a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the vision


President Obama: A Troubling End of Trust

Recently, I attended a conference for Jewish educators in Fort Lee.

Sponsored by Avi Chai and the Schusterman Foundations, we were being trained to help our day school and yeshiva high school students better prepare for college campus issues they might run squarely


The UN vs. History: This is Not 'Palestinian Territory'

The United Nations Security Council resolution condemning “Israel’s establishment of settlements in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem” was one-sided and unfair. That’s obvious.

 The resolution certainly won’t encourage the Palestinians to negotiate, since they see they can get what


David Friedman’s Appointment as American Ambassador to Israel Brings Real Hope and Change

President-elect Donald J. Trump’s selection of David Friedman, a 57-year-old New York bankruptcy attorney, as US ambassador to Israel has triggered a torrent of vitriolic criticism. Friedman’s alleged sins include a lack of diplomatic experience, and having issued inflammatory statements about the right of Jews to


Join the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Its Fight Against BDS in Our Local Communities

“Who today under the flag of the BDS movement calls to boycott Israeli goods and services speaks the same language in which people were called to not buy from Jews. That is nothing other than coarse anti-Semitism.”

While I have had the opportunity to testify before many municipal


High Anxiety Continues Over Obama’s Lame Duck Days in Office

Anxiety continues to roil through the pro-Israel world over a possible last-minute political move by the Obama administration that could permanently alter the Israeli-Palestinian geo-political landscape.

Forty-eight hours after the November 8 election, I flew to south Florida for a series of


Racism in the Orthodox Community

Editor’s note: This piece is an edited transcription of a sichah delivered by Rabbi Wieder to his shiur on November 17, 2016, and was originally published in the YU Commentator. It is reprinted with permission. The presentation was edited with minor revisions, but maintains much of the oral character of the original


Keith Ellison and the DNC: A Troubling Pick for America’s Oldest Political Party

I have been involved in federal elections for about 50 years. I recall as a student advocating first for Humphrey and then McGovern when they ran against Nixon. Still vivid to me is when I got the news that Nixon won on the radio of my old Dodge Dart as I gripped the steering wheel in disbelief. I worked on the election of Bill


Teaneck Board of Ed Has a Spending Problem

The opinions expressed in this article are my own as a resident of Teaneck and are not representative of the Teaneck Board of Education that voted 7-1 in favor of the 2017-2019 Teaneck Teachers Education Association (TTEA) contract.

I was the sole vote against approval of the TTEA


Lessons Learned From a Challenging Election Year

I am always proud to vote and I specifically appreciated the privilege in this year’s difficult presidential election. Choosing a candidate to vote for was one of the most difficult political decisions I have ever made. A few thoughts I wanted to share as they relate to our children and the lessons we teach